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Vandals strike in St George

Council is calling on the St George community to help it fight vandalism.

In the past week vandals have ripped out plants and scratched a new information board at the St George Visitor Information Centre on St George’s Terrace; scratched tags on a newly laid cement footpath along the river foreshore, ripped bins out of the CBD and tore capping bricks from the top of the retaining wall on St George's Terrace.

Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh called on the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or vandalism to police.

"It is very disappointing that the VIC had been targeted as it is one of our shire’s premier tourist stops and to have this sort of senseless damage caused is upsetting and doesn’t reflect well on the majority of our residents who are proud of this town,” he said.

“The visitor information sign was updated only three weeks ago and could cost up to $10,000 to fix if the sign needs a full replacement.

“Council employees have found the uprooted plants and re-planted them.

“Vandals also etched their names into the freshly poured concrete footpath along the river foreshore.

"The following night our Council team discovered more vandalism had occurred with capping bricks ripped off and broken along St George’s Terrace and two bins – one near Cobb and Co Hotel and the other near the Australian – were pulled out of the concrete.

"We estimate this latest damage will cost at least $1500 to repair. 

“There are some in our community that think it’s fun to do this, but I assure you, Council takes a very dim view on acts of vandalism to community property as it costs our community to fix it.

"I encourage our residents to be vigilant and to help Council stop this wanton destruction of community property.”

Council has notified police of the vandalism and have been advised police will increase patrols in the area. Police are reviewing CCTV footage of the areas near Cobb and Co and the Australian. 

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.